Zafara State declared lassa fever free

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Zamfara State Government has declared that there is no known case of lassa fever infection in the state.

Commissioner for health in the State Mr Yahaya Kanoma, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Gusau.

He noted that the only case of the pandemic in the state was imported  by a passenger on transit from Taraba.

“The victim  Aisha Mohammed  came into the state from Jalingo and was on transit when she collapsed.
“After she collapsed, she was immediately rushed to King Fahad Hospital, Gusau wheres he tested positive to Lassa fever.

“We later found out that she is from Gebawa village of Gusau Local Government Area of Zamfara, but married in Jalingo for over 50 years,” he said.

The Commissioner said the infected woman ran away from the hospital  after she was discovered to be positive to the disease, but was traced to Gebawa village by a team of epidemiologists.

“To avoid infecting other people in the community, the victim has already been transferred to Kano isolation centre for treatment. So, as I speak with you, there is no case of Lassa fever case in Zamfara.

“Our health personnel, who came into contact with her at King Fahad Hospital, have already taken the required drugs as part of the measure to prevent them from contacting the disease,” he added.

“The state government, in collaboration with stakeholders, has put measures in place to prevent the disease from reaching Zamfara,” he explained.

Kanoma  urged the citizens of the state to remain calm and avoid the comsumption of bush meat.


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